"Kenzo Tange's work reflects and crystallizes the changing political and economic climate of Japan in a quarter century, from the nationalism of World War II, through defeat and reconstruction, to the renewed search for national identity and growth in confidence. Despite finers distinctions to be made in his changing concerns, it is possible to divide his career into two parts, whose major interests are the synthesis of Japanese traditions and modern architectureand the realization of a metabolist vision of the city."
Hiroshi Watanabe Contemporary Architects, 1987, p. 891
A palace for state guests visiting Jeddah was designed to become a national monument; the plan is organised around a covered internal patio. The patio connects the various public funtions internally. The exterior is clad in granite.